10 main Events for Frequent Theatre-Goers within the Program of the Forum

09/11/2019
In the Year of Theatre in Russia, the Forum invites the public to an abundance of famous premieres and theatre events. The citizens and the Forum guests will watch legendary ballets of Diaghilev's "Ballets Russes" in the interpretation of leading choreographers of our age, guest performances of the Academy of Motion Picture and Theatre Arts named after N. S. Mikhalkov, performances of the best theatre groups of China and Japan, and will be able to meet famous theatrical designers.

 

The Digest includes events of the Public Flow and Festival Program of the VIII Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum. Sign up on the Forum website and download an electronic ticket in your account to take part in the events of the Public Flow. Please note that the number of e-tickets is limited. The Festival Program events can be attended by tickets that are to be purchased in the resources at the event venues. Information about event venues is available on the website.

 

Performance "Metamorphoses–2: Wives of Artists"
November 14, Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre 

The performance in an unusual format of open rehearsal will start the first guest performance of the Academy of Motion Picture and Theatre Arts named after N. S. Mikhalkov in Saint Petersburg. The production combines the texts of two classics of Russian literature — Anton Chekhov and Ivan Bunin, as well as the techniques of two great arts — theatre and cinema. Specially made credits, which resurrect the Czarist-era language, video installations and 3D-decorations create an atmosphere of "live cinema" on stage. The Artistic Director of "Metamorphoses" performances is Nikita Mikhalkov, a People's Artist of the Russian Federation.

Terms of participation: by ticket (you can buy a ticket in the resources at the event venue). 

 

Performance "Don Juan"
November 14, Hermitage Theatre 

It is fitting that "Don Juan" is called the "opera of operas" because for more than two centuries, this masterpiece of Mozart has always agitated the audience, inspired singers, directors and producers, given birth to new interpretations. In Irina Fokina's interpretation, Don Juan is not just a debauched chevalier of fortune and admirer of pleasure, but a homo ludens — a playing man. He sets the rules, bends the reality to his will but one day he oversteps the mark — and he is off his luck. The premiere is presented by Petersburg Concert and Saint Petersburg Symphonic Orchestra. 

Terms of participation: Public Flow Participants by electronic tickets. 

 

Performance "Tribute to Nijinsky”
November 14–15, Baltic House Theatre Festival

For the first time, the Monte Carlo Ballet will bring legendary ballets of Sergei Diaghilev's "Ballets Russes" to Saint Petersburg reinterpreted by the best choreographers of XXI century. Johan Inger (Sweden), Jean-Christophe Maillot (France), Marco Goecke (Germany), and Jeroen Verbruggen (Belgium) offer challenging interpretations of ballet masterpieces. The program includes one-act ballets "Daphnis and Chloe", "La Spectre De La Rose", "Have I fallen in love with a dream?", and "Petrouchka”. They are associated not only with the Diaghilev’s theatrical concern but also with the name of the first performer of the main parts — Vatslav Nijinsky, a great dancer and innovative choreographer. The performance is dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the "Ballets Russes" and the 130th anniversary of the birth of Vatslav Nijinsky.

Terms of participation: by ticket (you can buy a ticket in the resources at the event venue). 

 

Master class "In the Shadow of Stagelights. Designer at the Theatre" 
November 15, Manezh Central Exhibition Hall 

The idea of the theatre as a frozen and conservative art does not line up with the reality — guests of the master class of Sophie Jump (UK), the Artistic Managing Co-Director of Seven Sisters Group, will make sure of it. She will speak about the main trends of theatre design in the age of gadgets and how to introduce new technologies to the stage business. "My work has to do with immersive shows in which portable devices are being used, helping combine live and pre-recorded performances," Sophie Jump explains. The master class is included in a program of the special Forum project — Open lectures "Culture 2.0." 

Terms of participation: Public Flow participants by electronic tickets. 

 

Master class "In the Shadow of Stagelights. Costume Designer at the Theatre" 
November 15, Manezh Central Exhibition Hall 

How have advances in technology changed the profession of the costume designer over the past decade? Louise Flanagan (UK), an independent designer and author of costumes for dance performances of the Bavarian State Ballet, theatre "Vanemuine" (Estonia), cultural festival Origen (Switzerland), and many others, shares her experience. The master class is included in a program of the special Forum project — Open lectures "Culture 2.0." 

Terms of participation: Public Flow participants by electronic tickets. 

 

The Play "Prince of Lan Ling" 
November 15, the Theatre of Young Spectators named for Alexander Bryantsev 

The Chinese State Drama Theatre will bring a stage production of Wang Xiao-Ying, an outstanding Chinese theatre director, to Saint Petersburg. The performance is based on a legend of a general who lived in the era of the Northern Qi Dynasty, and tells a universal story about soul searching using the traditional Chinese allegory of "the soul and the mask." Elements of modern art in "The Prince of Lan Ling" intersect with the techniques of the traditional Chinese theatrical art, such as the Nuo folk opera famous for its unique masks and costumes. 

Terms of participation: by ticket (you can buy a ticket in the resources at the event venue). 

 

Performance "Metamorphoses–3: Enemies"
November 15, Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre 

The stage production of the Academy of Motion Picture and Theatre Arts named after N.S. Mikhalkov is purposefully based not on the drama but on the stories of Anton Chekhov and Ivan Bunin which make it possible to generate and introduce the finest nuances of characters and relationships of heroes on stage simply "out of thin air". "This is a relatively free-flowing, yet quite respectable interpretation of great Russian prose", Nikita Mikhalkov, the Artistic Managing Director, notes.

Terms of participation: by ticket (you can buy a ticket in the resources at the event venue). 

 

Inclusive Performance "Kholstomer's Nights"
November 15, Drama Theatre on Liteiny 

What is it like to be different from others? To be young and strong? What does it feel like to be overworked? What does it feel like to be loved? The performance directors, people of different ages with vision and hearing impairments, as well as sighted and hearing people interested in theatre and social projects, asked these questions. The performance of the Saint Petersburg Theatre School "Inclusion" originate with improvisations of actors inspired by the novel of Lev Tolstoy "Kholstomer." A story of a colt born with an "unhappy" paint turns on stage into a deeply personal rhetoric of the performance group about motherhood, support, fatigue, and love. 

Terms of participation: Public Flow participants by electronic tickets. 

 

Performance "Cyrano de Bergerac" 
November 16, Main stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre 

Tadashi Suzuki (Japan), an outstanding theatre director, suggests the notion of the classic drama of Edmond Rostand through the prism of the Japanese culture. The performance of Suzuki Company of Toga is set in Japan during the last years of the samurai reign. The main character is a samurai named Kyozo: he writes a play about his own life in which one can easily recognize Cyrano de Bergerac. "Cyrano’s heart-rending refusal from the happiness of mutual love has found a response in the hearts of many Japanese men because it expressed the idea they had until recently that the truly courageous and truly manly way in life was to stay away from the women they loved," says Tadashi Suzuki.

Terms of participation: by ticket (you can buy a ticket in the resources at the event venue). 

 

Performance "NoRA" 
November 16, Theatre "TSEKH" 

The play of Henrik Ibsen "A Doll’s House", which became a real hymn to feminism during the author’s life, turns into the hymn to adulthood vs. rampant infantilism in this day and age in the premiere production of the Irkutsk "Theatre of Piligrims". The performance events set in today and the drama is supplemented by singing a cappella accompanied by an instrumental group. 

Terms of participation: by ticket (you can buy a ticket in the resources at the event venue).